Thursday, October 05, 2017

Dropbox for Windows 10 gets updated with Fluent design and more.

Unless you’re beta tester of Windows 10, you haven’t experienced Microsoft Fluent design yet. The Fluent Design System will be introduced in the Fall Creators Update to be released on October 17. Up until then, those among us courageous enough to test Windows 10 in the Fast and Slow ring are already accustomed to it and I can say it makes a whole world of a difference. I showed the new design to an Apple fan who fell in love with the Surface Pro tablet before and he immediately joined the Windows Insider program to experience it and he loves it. As of now, not many apps have been updated yet, but Dropbox did.

If you are a Dropbox user, you may want to check for an update in the Windows Store to get a peek at what the Fluent design looks like. Basically, the Fluent Design is translucent, making the background to any open window blurry. It might sound simplistic, but having an entire OS offering such an experience is beautiful and impressive. And that is exactly what the latest update to Dropbox does. Microsoft, I assume, hopes more apps will follow Dropbox in blending their apps design into the OS.

Again, the Fall Creators update will be available to the world on October 17 and you will get to experience an entire new Windows experience on your device. As for me, I’m loving it on my Chuwi SurBook and Surface Pro tablets.

Should you want to see what I’m talking about, you can either join the Windows Insider program or patiently wait for the Fall Creator Update. In the meantime, get the latest Dropbox update in Windows Store. Besides the introduction of the Fluent Design, there’s more in this update. Just check the full change log below:

·       Display your files with 3 different layouts: gallery view, list view and content view.

·       New design.

·       New features for Dropbox Business users.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Preview Build 16296 to Fast Ring, skipping Skip Ahead.

Microsoft released Preview Build 16296 today and as previously announced, this new build is all about stabilization before the release of Windows 10 Creators Update to the world. Two things before heading to the change log. One) this build is available to Insiders in the Fast Ring, not Skip Ahead. Two) Dona Sarkar wrote that Insiders will be unable to install new language packs on this build, but existing ones will “work just fine.”

Here’s what’s in this Build:
  • We fixed an issue where Hyper-V couldn’t create a VM on 3rd party network storage.
  • We fixed an issue where for the first few minutes after clean installing a non-English build many inbox app names might unexpectedly appear with English app names.
  • We fixed an issue where gaming apps using WebView with heavy use of HTML canvas might have unexpectedly had very low FPS in recent flights.
Now, head over to the Windows Settings and hit that update button.

Source: Windows Blog

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 16278 to Fast Ring Insiders.

Today Microsoft released Build 16278 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. Those are mostly bug fixes and improvements in preparation of the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators update.

Here's what has been fixed in build 16278:
  • We fixed an issue where upgrading to recent flights would fail if you had a speech for a secondary language installed.
  • We fixed an issue where printing from 32-bit apps running on 64-bit versions of the OS was broken when using v3 print drivers on recent builds.
  • The ability to take HDR screenshots on your PC via the Xbox app has been removed starting with this build. We plan to re-introduce this feature again in the future.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in drag and drop onto websites intermittently not working in Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash after choosing to pin certain websites to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where a tab in Microsoft Edge could get in a state where it displayed a tab preview thumbnail even though your mouse wasn’t hovering over the tab.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge for certain websites where after watching an embedded video full screen then using Esc to return to the page would result in the video controller no longer being visible.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge where pasting an image to from your clipboard wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel’s tooltips could become mixed up.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in precision touchpads potentially dropping gestures after coming out of sleep.
  • We fixed an issue where the battery flyout might incorrectly show “PC not charging” while the device was changing in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue where fonts using shortcuts would become unusable and disappear from the Fonts folder.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in multiple apps crashing in the previous flight if you tried to log into the app using Facebook.
  • We fixed and issue where Delivery Optimization Group Policy / MDM policy for DOMinFileSizeToCache was ignored and the service defaults were used instead.
Source: Windows Blog

Saturday, July 29, 2017

How to send a web page from your Android phone to your Windows 10 PC?

In the last Windows 10 Build, Microsoft introduced a nice feature to link your Android phone to your computer and once that link is established, you will be able to send a web page from your phone to your bigger screen computer. In this article, I will show you how to set it up. This feature is currently available to Windows Insiders only for testing.

Once you've installed the latest update, proceed to Settings - you can do so in the Start Menu or through the Action  Center on the right. You will notice right away that Microsoft added a new setting called "Phone". Go ahead and click on that to begin the link process. For the time being, you can only link an Android phone, with support for iOS coming later.

Next click "Add a phone" to open the "Link your phone and PC" window where you will type in your phone number and select your country, then click the Send button.

Shortly after clicking that Send button, you will receive a SMS on your phone with a link. Opening the link takes you to Google Play Store to download the "Microsoft Apps" app. Once installed, open the app and you will see a tile addressed to Windows Insiders with a "Try it now" button. Tap to get started on your phone and go through a quick tutorial.

Hit the "Try it now" button to launch Chrome which takes you to the Surface devices website - Saw what you did there Microsoft. Tap Share in Chrome and select "Continue on PC". You will be offered two choices: "Continue now" and "Continue later". Tapping the former will immediately open the web page on your computer and the latter option will add the link in the Action Center on your computer for you to access later at your convenience. 
You will be asked to sign in with your Microsoft account at this point.  Whichever option you choose, the web site will open in Microsoft Edge browser on your PC and there is nothing wrong with that. Edge is actually better for reading than Chrome thanks to the "Reading View".

That's it. Now you have linked your Android phone to your Windows 10 computer. This is a first release of this functionality and I like it for its simplicity and I hope Microsoft keeps it that way.

Have you linked your phone to your Windows 10 PC yet? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Windows Blog